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Equality Act Seeks to Enshrine Discrimination Against Pro-Life Americans

WASHINGTON, DC—Americans United for Life calls on the Senate to reject the radical and divisive “Equality Act,” H.R. 5, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday afternoon by a narrow and mostly partisan vote of 224-206. H.R. 5 includes an aggressive new provision that would enshrine abortion as a federal civil right by amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act, adding language intended to make abortions more available; expand taxpayer funding of abortion; and weaken conscience protections for healthcare providers opposed to participating in abortions.

AUL President and CEO Catherine Glenn Foster said:

The ‘Equality Act’ would be the single largest federal expansion of the violence of abortion in a generation. The consequences would be grave not only for the children lost to the gruesome procedure, but also for pro-life Americans across the nation who would be stripped of their rights of conscience to refuse to participate in abortion. Elevating abortion to a federally-protected civil right, and forcing taxpayers to pay for it, is not equality — it is discrimination. This gravy train for Planned Parenthood must stop now, and Congress must remember that Americans understand abortion for what it is – a tragic destruction of innocent human life, not a form of purported ‘healthcare.’

Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization that holds the distinction of being the first national pro-life organization in America—incorporated in 1971. It protects and defends human life from conception to natural death through vigorous legislative, judicial, and educational efforts.

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